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Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone died Monday at age 91, his lawyer told the.
Morricone became famous for his melodic scores for 1960s Westerns like "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" and "Once Upon a Time in the West." He drew on his work in so-called spaghetti Westerns for Quentin Tarantino's 2015 Western "The Hateful Eight," which earned the composer his first Academy Award after five previous nominations and an honorary award in 2007.
In addition, Morricone picked up three Golden Globes and two Grammy Awards during his long and celebrated career.
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The Rome-born composer wrote the scores for more than 500 films in a wide range of genres and styles — but often drawing on his desire to place music and sound effects like ticking watches and buzzing flies at the foreground of the filmgoer's consciousness.
He earned Oscar nominations for Terrence Malick's 1978 drama "Days of Heaven," Roland Joffe's 1986 film "The Mission," Brian De Palma's 1987 hit "The Untouchables," Barry Levinson's 1991 crime drama "Bugsy" and Giuseppe Tornatore's 2000 romance "Malena."
The prolific composer banged out as many as 20 movies scores in a single year. Other credits include Édouard Molinaro's "La Cage aux Folles" (1978), John Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982), Roman Polanski's "Frantic" (1988), Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso" (1988), Wolfgang Petersen's "In the Line of Fire" (1993), and Warren Beatty's "Bulworth" (1998).
The legend of film music: Ennio Morricone is dead
Anyone who talks about great film composers cannot avoid Ennio Morricone. The Italian created sounds for eternity. Now he died at the age of 91. © CC BY 2.0 The legend of film music: Ennio Morricone is dead Image used under the license CC BY 2.0 Even as an Ennio-Morricone fan, you could repeat yourself several times on the orchestral tours that he directed himself into old age pinch when a new piece has been tuned in and it came back to you: That's right, that's from him too.
Tributes soon poured in for the composer. "We will always remember, with infinite gratitude, the artistic genius of Maestro Ennio Morricone," Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. "It made us dream, move, reflect, writing memorable notes that will remain unforgettable in the history of music and cinema."
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"Grazie": Quentin Tarantino mourns Ennio Morricone .
© imago images / Italy Photo Press Quentin Tarantino and Ennio Morricone at a red carpet event for "The Hateful Eight" in early 2016 director Quentin Tarantino mourns publicly for film music composer Ennio Morricone . For "The Hateful Eight" there was the long-awaited Oscar. US director Quentin Tarantino (57, "Pulp Fiction") mourns the death of the Italian composer Ennio Morricone (1928-2020, "Play me the song of death"), who died in a hospital in Rome on Monday.